Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, introduced a briefing note on the establishment by the General Assembly, in its resolution 64/289, of UN Women and its expected interaction with the United Nations system (CEB/2006/HLCP-XX/CRP.4). She noted that the creation of UN Women provided an opportunity to address women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment in a coherent and coordinated manner. Gülden Türköz-Cosslett, the Deputy Secretary-General’s Senior Adviser on System-wide Coherence, briefed the Committee on the transition process.
The Committee agreed that CEB and its three pillars could play an important supportive role to UN Women in its further elaboration and implementation of its strategic priorities from 2011 to 2013. It was noted that the expectations of Member States, United Nations system organizations and civil society for the new entity were extremely high, and that there was an opportunity for UN Women to exercise innovative and strategic leadership in addressing issues across sectors.